Thursday, March 26, 2009
Guerlain Iris Ganache
Please accept my deepest apologies but I really love this stuff. If the idea of cool iris mixed with creamy & powdery dough turns your stomach then perhaps you should stop reading here.
Guerlain Iris Ganache is strangely intoxicating and delicious. Osmoz describes Iris Ganache perfectly as: “iris butter worked like a pastry ganache.” For me it’s addictive, particularly because of its duality. I love the unusual blend of chilly iris with creamy and sweet notes. I need to take a step back here and say that I don’t find Iris Ganache particularly gourmand in nature. It is sweet, but not overly so, and I don’t actually smell the foody notes per se. I find myself huffing my wrists when I wear it.
The iris note emerges for me mostly in the beginning. At the start, Iris Ganache is a gorgeously sweet powdery scent with a cool river of iris flowing through it. This stage is entrancing and I wish it stayed throughout. After about 20 minutes the iris note changes from a rooty-vegetal floral into a doughy, gummy, marzipan coated aroma. It becomes less about iris and smells more like vanillic heliotrope. I think Iris Ganache definitely pays tribute to both L’Heure Bleue and Apres L’Ondee with the same soft, powdery floral qualities. The iris note never completely vanishes because the memory of it remains for me.
Iris Ganache smells very Guerlain; it’s very creamy and highly addictive.
Notes: Iris, vanilla, cinnamon, bergamot, patchouli, white musks, cedar